“The restoration of this beautiful building, due to be completed in….”

Another example of the kind of openness, transparency, and forward-planning that makes Derry City Council the local government it is…  They’re moving to facilitate restoration work.   And the BBC reports that the £3million Guildhall Restoration Project, on which work began in August 2010, is not expected to allow the 19th Century Guildhall to re-open until Spring 2013 – well into Londonderry’s year-long reign as the first UK City of Culture. From the BBC report The Mayor of Derry, Alderman Maurice Devenney, …

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“good fences make good neighbours”

Boundary issues of a different kind feature in another Belfast Telegraph report, although the BBC version seems to play it down somewhat… Derry City Council have agreed to apply for planning permission for a 1.8 metre high, 170 metre long, “fence” at an “interface” at the playing fields at Lisnagelvin in Londonderry –  the UK’s City of Culture for 2013.  According to the Belfast Telegraph report A litany of incidents at the interface, including sectarian abuse, stone throwing, attacks on the …

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“The clue is in the name.”

More symptoms of political psychosis in the UK City of Culture 2013.  As reported in the Londonderry Sentinel A new call for the change to the title was made at the Cultural Partnership Forum meeting on October 5, when Donncha MacNiallais, a spokesman with the Bogside Residents Group, raised his concerns, saying the use of the title ‘UK’ on branding would cause problems. He went on to propose that ‘City of Culture Derry-Doire-Londonderry 2013’ be the main branding for the event, …

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More symptoms of that political psychosis…

They’re at it again in Londonderry, where The Sentinel reports that Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney “has attacked the Ordnance Survey of Ireland for its preference for ‘Londonderry’ over ‘Derry.’”  That would be the same place that will be the UK City of Culture in 2013…  From The Sentinel report “I have raised this matter directly with Ordnance Survey Ireland and the Minister to which they are responsible, Eamon Ryan TD and made it quite clear that I find it offensive …

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“who pull down statues, who deny the history of any place”

With Londonderry keen to capitalise on its 2013 UK City of Culture title, despite the apparent confusion of some, Mark Devenport notes a singular failure of irony by Northern Ireland junior Minister, Sinn Fein’s Gerry Kelly. Rejecting TUV calls for the historic buildings at the Maze to be demolished, Gerry Kelly told reporters in North Belfast this afternoon that the people calling for the bulldozers to be sent in were the kind of people “who pull down statues, who deny the history …

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Derry/Londonderry will be UK City of Culture 2013

Derry~Londonderry City of Culture 2013 logo

From the BBC report Londonderry has been chosen as the UK’s inaugural City of Culture. The announcement was broadcast live from Liverpool on the BBC’s The One Show on Thursday night. Derry, which was short-listed alongside Birmingham, Sheffield and Norwich, will take the mantle in 2013. Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the …

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